Parker Bros. Vulcan VHE SST 32″ 12 GA SXS Double Barrel Shotgun, 1926 C&R

Sold for $1630.00

LSB#: 220812VH052

Make: Parker Bros.

Model: Vulcan, Grade VHE

Serial Number: 216641

Year of Manufacture: 1926

Gauge: 12 Gauge, 2 3/4” Shells

Action Type: Side by Side, Single Selective Trigger Shotgun with Ejectors

Markings: The barrel rib is marked “PARKER BROS, MAKERS, MERIDEN, CT. U.S.A. VULCAN. STEEL”, with two arrows pointing towards the lettering. The underside of the barrel set flat is marked “V” in circle, “HT / A”, “4 8”, with the “8” as a super-script, the left is marked “J.G.” in oval. The underside of the barrel lug is marked “12” and “2”, the left is marked with the serial number. The top of the forend bracket has the serial number and “PATD. MAY 7. 1901”. The sides of the frame are marked “PARKER BROS” and with border engraving. The bottom frame plate, trigger guard, bottom tang, and forend bracket at the frame have border engraving. The frame and bottom plate have decorative engraving around the screws. The water table is marked with “VH”, the serial number, “V”, and “PAT’D. OCT. 25, 1910″. The lower tang is serialized to the receiver. The grip cap is marked “PARKER BROS / MERIDEN CONN.”.

Barrel Length: 32”, with solid, concave rib.

Choke: Left: Fixed Full, Right: Fixed Improved Cylinder

Sights / Optics: This shotgun is mounted with a large brass bead at the front of the rib and a smaller white mid-bead. The top of the rib is milled in a wave-like pattern for glare reduction which stops at a scribed line just behind the muzzle.

Weight: 8 lb., 1.7 oz.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut with splinter forend, capped pistol grip, straight comb, metal initial plate in the belly and checkered black hard rubber Parker Bros. buttplate with a recessed hunting dog. The stocks have a few scattered minor marks. The finish shows some spots of bubbling, mostly around the edges. At the rear of the forend, it looks as though some minor grain-line cracks may have been filled. At the heel, the inlet for the original buttplate’s top tang has been filled. The checkering is well defined, generally sharp. Drop at comb is approximately 1 3/4”, drop at heel is approximately 2 17/8”. The LOP measures approximately 13 5/8? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered discoloration but has well defined checkering and good detail in the dog. The stocks rate in about Fine overall condition as restored.

Type of Finish: Blued & Case Colored

Finish Originality: Professionally Restored

Bore Condition: The bores are mostly bright. There is no erosion, but there is some stubborn fouling in front of the forcing cones.

Overall Condition: This shotgun retains about 97% of its current metal finish. There are a few minor nicks and light handling marks. There are a few spots of minor erosion under the finish at the muzzle-end of the barrels. The finish is thinning at some edges. The action shows minor operational wear. The receiver has strong, vibrant case color. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this shotgun is in Fine condition as restored.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly including ejectors. The shotgun features a single  selective triggers, the tang mounted safety returns to ‘safe’ when the action is opened. The barrel to frame fit is solid. We have not fired this shotgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.

Our Assessment: This Parker Brothers VH Grade Hammerless comes to us from 1926. The VH or Vulcan Grade was a “knockabout” gun produced by Parker which still had the same quality in manufacture and attention to detail of their higher grade, and higher priced, offerings. This example has been professionally restored, so its appearance matches its great bores and strong mechanics. The Parker Records do not indicate that it shipped with its single selective trigger, so this is likely an after-market upgrade, though it is possible it returned to Parker to be installed. It will make a great addition to any collection, whether your interest is Parker shotguns, or you can simply appreciate a classic American shotgun. Please see our photos and good luck!